Backstage, Rhea Ripley warms up for her title defense. NXT UK Takeover is announced for April 26th in Dublin, Ireland.
Third Match: Finn Balor vs. Johnny Gargano
They circle each other to start. They lock up. They trade holds. They break. Test of strength ends in Gargano taking Balor to the mat. They trade holds on the canvas. Balor locks in a headscissors. Gargano fights out.
Gargano hits a series of armdrags. Gargano hits a series of rollups, followed by vicious kicks. Balor fights back and hits a back elbow for a one count. Balor pummels Gargano in the corner. Gargano comes back with corner chops of his own. Balor and Gargano battle more in the corner. They fight to the apron. Gargano hits an apron spear. Gargano chops Balor on the barricade. Gargano rolls Balor back in the ring, and Balor immediately escapes. Gargano charges Balor but eats a Slingblade to the floor. Balor throws Gargano back in the ring.
Balor stretches Gargano, and runs his elbow across Gargano’s face repeatedly. Balor hits a dropkick. Balor goes back to stretching Gargano’s neck and shoulder. Gargano fights out. Gargano targets Balor’s arm. Gargano locks in Rings of Saturn, and turns it into a rollup for two. Gargano sends Balor into the corner. Balor hits a Dragon Screw on the middle rope. Balor kicks Gargano’s legs out from under him.
Balor attacks Gargano’s leg, stretching it in a leg scissors. Gargano tries to counter with a Cross Armbreaker but Gargano fights out. Balor wraps Gargano’s leg around the rope and twists. They trade small packages. Balor locks in a Leg Grapevine. Gargano punches his way out of the hold. Gargano hits an Enzuigiri. Gargano hits a Backbreaker/Gourdbuster combo. Balor retreats from the ring and counters a tope. Gargano sends Balor into the ringsteps. Gargano gets on the apron. Gargano hits an Apron Run Cannonball. They brawl around ringside.
Gargano rolls Balor into the ring. Gargano hits a Slingshot Spear for a nearfall. Gargano kicks away on Balor in the corner. Balor counters a Lawn Dart. Gargano counters 1916. Balor hits a Slingblade for a nearfall. They fight back to the outside, where Gargano hits a Superkick. Balor gets back in the ring and counters a slingshot DDT. Gargano fights back and hits a Lawn Dart. Gargano hits a Superkick for a nearfall.
Gargano goes to the apron. Both men trade elbows. Balor hangs Gargano on the second rope. Gargano counters a Coup De Grace. Gargano hits a Slingshot DDT for a nearfall.
Gargano dodges a forearm and hits a Discus Lariat. Balor counters a Superkick with Slingblade. Gargano hits a Superkick. Balor hits Slingblade. Balor hits a Shotgun Dropkick. Gargano counters Coup De Grace. Gargano hits La Mistica into Gargano Escape. Balor fights out and hits a Standing Double Stomp. Gargano locks Gargano Escape back in. Balor fights to the ropes. They fight out of the ring.
Gargano hits a Shotgun Dropkick into the barricade. Gargano clears off an announce table. Balor fights back and slams Gargano onto the table. Balor runs across both tables and hits a Shotgun Dropkick. Balor rolls Gargano back in the ring. Balor hits Coup De Grace. Balor hits 1916 for the pinfall in 27:23.
WINNER: Finn Balor
After the match, Balor clutches Gargano’s jaw, as he sends more verbal abuse his way.
A commercial hyping up next week’s NXT plays. Backstage, Cathy Kelley interviews Roderick Strong about Velveteen Dream’s personal attacks.
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